Charles E. Smith Professor of Jewish History

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Washington DC 20037 

The George Washington University 
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Washington, D.C. 20052 



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Review Essays

  • "Current Israeli Scholarship on Medieval Hebrew Literature: A Review Essay," Journal of the History of Ideas 40 (1979):159-66.
  • "Recent Publications in the Jewish-Christian Dialogue: A Review Essay,"Modern Judaism 2 (1982): 311-23.
  • Israel:The Partitioned State, by Amos Perlmutter; The Tragedy of Zionism, by Bernard Avishai; Jerusalem, by Frank Peters; in America 154:13 (April 5, 1986): 282-84.
  • Shir HaMa'alot l'David and Ktav Hitnazzelut L'Darshanim, by David Darshan, transl. and ed. by Hayim Perelmuter; A Guide for Preachers on Composing and Delivering Sermons: The Or ha-Darshanim of Jacob Zahalon, by Henry Sosland; Journal of Reform Judaism 34:3 (Summer, 1987): 86-89.
  • "Books on the Holocaust: A Review Essay," America 157:15 (November 21, 1987): 385-89.
  • "Medieval Christians and Jews: A Review Essay," Shofar 9 (1990): 1-10.
  • "Jewish Preachers and Their Literary Remains: A Review Essay," The Jewish Quarterly Review 87 (1996): 147-55.
  • "A 'Ritual Dance of Destruction'?": review of The Jewish Messiahs, by Harris Lenowitz, The Jewish Quarterly Review 90 (1999): 151-58.



  • The World of a Renaissance Jew: The Life and Thought of Abraham ben Mordecai Farissol, by David Ruderman, Journal of Reform Judaism 29:4 (1982): 71-74.
  • Jewish Legends of the Second Commonwealth, by Judah Nadich, Journal of the American Academy of Religion (1984): 608.
  • Messianism, Mysticism and Magic: A Sociopolitical Analysis of Jewish Religious Movements, by Steven Sharot, AJS Review 9 (1984):124-29.
  • Openness and Insularity: Late Sixteenth Century Jewish Literature in Poland and Ashkenaz(Hebrew), by Jacob Elbaum, Prooftexts 11:3 (1991): 226-28.
  • The Jewish Sermon in Fourteenth-Century Spain, by Carmi Horowitz, AJS Review 16 (1991): 226-28.
  • Children With a Star: Jewish Youth in Nazi Europe, by Deborah Dwork, Journal of Interdisciplinary History (1992): 180-82.
  • Biblical Poetry Through Medieval Eyes, by Adele Berlin, Journal of the American Oriental Society 113 (1993): 290-92.
  • Jewish Education and Society in the Middle High Ages, by Ephraim Kanarfogel, AJS Review 18 (1993): 308-11.
  • Between Worlds: The Life and Thought of Rabbi David ben Judah Messer Leon, by Hava Tirosh-Rothschild, Judaism 43 (1994): 110-12.
  • Barcelona and Beyond: The Disputation of 1263 and Its Aftermath, by Robert Chazan, The Journal of Religion, 74 (1994): 121-23.
  • Economic Origins of Antisemitism: Poland and its Jews in the Early Modern Period, by Hillel Levine, Cincinnati Judaica Review 4 (1994): 96-99.
  • Esther in Medieval Garb: Jewish Interpretation of the Book of Esther in the Middle Ages, by Barry Walfish, Speculum 70 (1995): 442-44.
  • The Holy Fire: The Teachings of Rabbi Kalonymus Kalman Shapira, the Rebbe of the Warsaw Ghetto, by Nehemiah Polen, Modern Judaism 16 (1995): 305-10.
  • The Jewish Alchemists, by Raphael Patai, The American Historical Review 100 (1995): 1524.
  • The Origins of the Inquisition in Fifteenth Century Spain, by B. Netanyahu, The Jewish Book Review , Fall, 1995, pp. 2-3.
  • On Original Sin and A Disputation With the Jew, Leo, by Odo of Tournai, Medieval Encounters 2 (1996).
  • Hebrews of the Portuguese Nation: Conversos and Community in Early Modern Amsterdam, by Miraim Bodian. AJS Review 24:2 (1999), pp. 396-98.
  • Antisemitic Hate Signs in Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts from Medieval Germany, by Ruth Mellinkoff, Moment Magazine, April 2000, p. 90.
  • "An Indictment: Half Right": review of The Popes Against the Jews: The Vatican's Role in the Rise of Modern Anti-Semitism, by David Kertzer, Commonweal, Sept. 28, 2001, pp. 19-21.
  • God, Humanity, and History: The Hebrew First Crusade Narratives, by Robert Chazan, American Historical Review (, October 2001, pp. 1434-1435.
  • Isaac Abarbanel’s Stance Toward Tradition: Defense, Dissent, and Dialogue, by Eric Lawee, Hebrew Studies 43 (2002): 326-28.
  • A Moral Reckoning: The Role of the Catholic Church in the Holocaust and Its Unfulfilled Duty of Repair, by Daniel Jonah Goldhagen, in America 187:18 (December 2, 2002)
  • Martyrdom and Noble Death: Selected Texts from Graeco-Roman, Jewish and Christian Antiquity, edited by Jan Willem van Henten and Friedrich Avemarie, Jewish Culture and History 5 (2002): 128-130.
  • Beyond Chutzpah: The Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History, by Norman G. Finkelstein, The Middle East Journal, 60 (2006): 183-81.
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